Of friends and bowties
Marysse and Me :) Photos Courtesy of Simone’s Fashion Closet
Had a quick chat with Denise of Simone’s Closet last week at Red Mango ( I <3 their mango smoothie!) while her mom and daughter were at the kids’ play center. Denise and I met late last year and we’ve instantly clicked. I love her to bits!
Anyways, Denise ordered a couple of bow ties and a purple/gray reversible collar from the shop and since I was meeting up with some customers din naman, I decided to bring some of the new, unreleased designs. Denise picked the gray and pink ones (pictured above). I love these bow ties! I personally pick the fabrics to be used for these bows and hand craft each one of them. Btw, the gray one’s available with star studs na rin :)
Marysse looks so much like Denise, super pretty! Sweet na, bibo pa! Love her! I’ve always wanted a baby girl pero God blessed me naman with 2 exuberant, good looking (ahem) boys.
Here’s a photo of some of the designs we’ll be releasing soon. I love the brown polka and the gold satin one. Watch out for it very soon :)
Watching The Fabulous Beekman Boys got me inspired to blog. I know, I’ve been a bad blogger, posting a short entry every couple of months isn’t really the way to go if you’re trying to break into the retail business and make people notice you. But, I only have 24 hours in a day and I’m already spending 18-20 hours of that working - every single day. Not that I’m complaining, it’s just that since I’ve started freelancing on graphic design and focusing on the business as well, I haven’t had any decent sleep or breaks. No more impromptu Tagaytay trips or DVD marathons for me.
Watching Beekman Boys reminded me of how Alvin & I work in this everyday circus. He works full time to support our lifestyle and help me sustain our fledgling business while I work full time at home to get it going. Neither of us has the better part but we both love what we’re doing and we love each other deeply (haha cheesy, I know). We try to squeeze in family day every weekend and do a bit of work together as well. If you don’t know it yet, Alvin does the photography for Pinup which we try to do during weekends. Or if we have bazaars, you’ll see both of us manning the booth with the kids (if he doesn’t have work to attend to ^_^;).
Anyways, here’s a photo of us at work with the pretty Katrina Chua of Krave Minerale Cosmeceuticals taken at our friend Raisa and Berna’s shoot for their line Erzullie. Raisa told us she loved Alvin’s work and wanted him to do the editorial for them, so last Saturday, we headed to Rogue Studios at Ortigas for their Resort 2012 shoot. <3 It was fun watching these guys at work, me sitting there the whole time while le hubby worked his magic behind the camera.
On another note, we’re looking forward to the second quarter of the year. Aside from the fact that we’ll be releasing our new collection in 2 weeks, we also have bazaars lined up and a big, long term project with a well known, established brand that we (and you) love. If everything works out well, we’re looking at our store/studio opening before June <3 <3 <3 Uber excited much.
Another overdue outfit post
We went to our inaanak slash nephew’s christening early last month and I only had time to remember to post these obligatory outfit photos (2012 resolution, be more active in blogging ^_^;).
Anyways, here are a couple of pics of me and the hubby, as well as the San Felipe church and its awesome mother of pearl chandelier. Hubby took a photo of it so I can use it for future watercolor projects.
Balloon I grabbed from the resto <3, polka dot top from The Pinup Girl Store, So Fab flats and thrifted bow skirt
Ze hubby busy checking his lens arsenal :D
Fuzzy, fuzzy photo
Finished these wire illustrations for a client. So happy to finish it! It’s really nerve wrecking but challenging as well since I mostly work with acrylics and watercolour. Anyways, had a busy week! First up was the Canon event and then 2 days of joy at the Handmade Art Fair at 10A Alabama. Will post photos soon. Ciao!
My first paycheck since I started freelancing showed up and it was very fulfilling!
Boom badoom bam boom
Yesterday, I went to a Canon Pixma event (courtesy of Denise of Simone’s closet: yey! for blogger friends!) and took some shots hoping to blog about it last night. But I remembered I need to finish a commissioned artwork and I needed to stay up til 2 am and woke up at 6 to finish this baby. A wire illustration of a trumpet gown for my US based client. I’m just finishing up the ball gown and the short dress and I’m all set.
Quick outfit post. Alvin and I went to Mega a couple of days ago. I love the angel like crochet doilies on my cardigan :) (Cardigan + skirt: thrifted, So Fab ballet flats, H & M polka dot tote and a tank top from the US which is, ironically, tagged as Made in the Philippines ^_^).
Here’s a quick tour of our studio apartment. Here is where the magic happens :D I draft my patterns here at our living room, sew some samples, create accessories and paint! Alvin’s officially in charge of the bedroom since he’s always asleep.
Last week, I made the decision to work from home full time, accepting artwork commissions, blog work for a US based Fedora shop and focusing more on my baby, The Pinup Store. I’ve been pondering on these for the last few months, mainly because I want to spend more time with my kids, to work more on Pinup and to live healthier. My back aches from too much A/C + 2 monitors at work + nonstop work. I’m really thankful that my family and Alvin fully supports me on this :) I guess they’re tired of seeing me as a sleepless zombie haha.
The cupcake above is a commission from a client. It’s acrylic and pen on acid free eggshell. I bought the vintage sewing machine from my landlady who bought it around the ’60s but never got to use it. It’s a nice addition to my serger and Brother machine. It lets me monogram and make those tiny, intricate scallop details in a breeze :)
I also have a vast collection of magazines with all sorts of titles: Entrepreneur US/PH, Elle, Vogue, Lucky, Nylon, Cotton Friend, Female, Health, O by Oprah, Real Simple, Preview and more. Before Ondoy, I had tons of Candy and Seventeen plus Preview magazines I had collected since my junior year in high school. Too bad they got destroyed in the flood. T_T Alvin and I decided to move to a unit at the 4th floor of the building instead as precaution.
Finally, the giraffe-print mouse is part of the loot Alvin bought today from CD-R King. When I told him that I’ll be blogging more, he and I went to the nearest branch and he got me this mouse, a new headset/mic, mouse pad and sound card. Yipee! :D
Good argument, I suppose. But it won’t deter me from doing so.
I got an email from a graduating illustration student last week. This is pretty normal, I frequently hear from students, in fact I invite it, and I love it, I enjoy conversing and will advise or support however I can. However this one student asked a question that really threw me, and that’s why…
Blurgghhh! Need to save up for this. Another one for my wishlist :D
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